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  • 12th National Youth Festival kicks off in Niger
    09 may 2003 11:54:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The 12th National Youth Festival of Niger opened Thursday afternoon in Dosso (140 km east of Niamey) gathering some 3,500 youths hailing from all over the country. Full text...

  • African theatre month opens in Paris
    07 may 2003 23:41:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- African theatre month, during which comedians, playwrights, story tellers and authors from the continent are honoured, opened Wednesday in the Villette Park in Paris, France. Full text...

  • 4th European cultural festival opens in Algiers
    07 may 2003 21:41:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- The fourth European cultural festival opened Tuesday night in Algiers with the presentation of a choreographic play entitled "Creation 2003 for 5 dancers. Full text...

  • Joint European, Arab-working group convenes in Libya
    07 may 2003 21:12:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- European experts and their Arab counterparts are gathered here for a preparatory meeting of the working group responsible for dialogue between Europe and the Arab world in education and culture. Full text...

  • Deluge threatens Kenya's 'rain snake'
    07 may 2003 14:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Touted as the harbinger of good tidings and rains, the famed python of Wasare village in western Kenya is in danger of drowning from the very deluge with which locals credit it. Full text...

  • Cape Town to get multi-million-rand film studio
    06 may 2003 13:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A company bidding for Cape Town's official film studio has swung into action, unveiling plans to build the biggest production house yet on the African continent and to transform the largely white-owned South African film industry. Full text...

  • Singer Jonathan Butler takes Cape Town boy under his wing
    06 may 2003 12:14:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A young Cape Town boy has flown to Los Angeles to record an album with top US musician Jonathan Butler. Full text...

  • Niger to host African Fashion Festival in December
    05 may 2003 21:37:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Niger will host the International Festival of African Fashion (FIMA) in December, Moira Tremaine told the Kenyan fashion fraternity here Monday. Full text...

  • Dakar to host ACP culture ministers confab
    05 may 2003 21:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The first conference of Culture ministers from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries is slated for 20 June in Dakar, Senegal, official sources disclosed Monday. Full text...

  • KwaZulu-Natal unveils Spirit of the Emakhosini
    05 may 2003 13:04:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Spirit of the Emakhosini, a symbolic monument on top of a hill in Zululand, was unveiled at a special ceremony on Sunday. Full text...

  • 16 killed, 10 injured in musical show stampede in Benin
    04 may 2003 19:23:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Sixteen persons were killed and 10 others seriously injured Saturday evening at the Amitie stadium in Cotonou, a few hours to the start of a musical show by Congolese star Koffi Olomide, hospital sources disclosed Sunday. Full text...

  • Do Kenyan politicians practice voodoo?
    04 may 2003 15:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The death of a traditional healer in an accident involving the vehicle of a Member of Parliament, is generating an interesting debate in the country as Kenyans wonder whether highly educated and prominent politicians believe in witchcraft. Full text...

  • Famous Algerian writer Mohamed Dib dies
    03 may 2003 12:16:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- One of Algeria's greatest contemporary writers, Mohamed Dib, passed away on Thursday in Paris after a long illness, sources said in Algiers Saturday. Full text...

  • Tunis hosts regional meeting on Iraqi heritage
    01 may 2003 14:55:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Representatives of some Arab and African cities on UNESCO's heritage list have called for a UN resolution equating attacks on Iraqi antiquities to crimes against humanity. Full text...

  • Jenny Robson says latest novel is her greatest accomplishment
    30 april 2003 10:16:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Award-winning South African writer, Jenny Robson says her latest novel 'Because Pula Means Rain' is her greatest accomplishment yet. Full text...

  • Tchatcho king Koffi Olomide thrills Togolese fans
    28 april 2003 20:08:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Congolese star Koffi Olomide thrilled fans here in a musical concert that held thousands spellbound at the weekend. Full text...

  • OIF secretary general Abdou Diouf visits Kinshasa
    25 april 2003 23:50:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF) secretary general Abdou Diouf begins a two-day official visit to the Democratic Republic Congo (DR Congo) on Friday. Full text...

  • Kenyan artists leave for UK
    24 april 2003 15:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Some 29 Kenyan artists will on Friday leave for a six-month working visit of the United Kingdom where they hope to sensitise the various communities there on various aspects of African culture. Full text...

  • South African celebrities call for end to tax on books
    23 april 2003 16:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Famous anti-apartheid actor Pieter-Dirk Uys and other South African celebrities marked World Book Day in Cape Town on Wednesday by calling on the government to abolish tax on books. Full text...

  • Cape Verde Sports and Culture minister visits Cuba
    23 april 2003 14:22:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verde Sports and Culture minister Jorge Tolentino is currently in Havana to strengthen relations with Cuba in the domain of culture, according to official sources back here. Full text...

  • 20 Senegalese to model in Douala fashion show
    22 april 2003 21:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Twenty Senegalese models have been short- listed to participate in the 3rd edition of the fashion show dubbed 'Annual Show' slated for 3 April 2004 in Douala, Cameroon, organisers said Tuesday in Dakar. Full text...

  • Fan stopped from unmasking South African singer
    22 april 2003 08:07:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Security personnel of award- winning singer Mzekezeke assaulted a curious fan who tried to unmask the performer during a concert. Full text...

  • African literature publishers group created in Paris
    22 april 2003 07:39:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Some 19 publishers specialising in African literature have formed an organisation, Afrilivres, aimed at ensuring better distribution of books in Africa, Michel Cadence, one of the promoters of the initiative, told PANA. Full text...

  • One killed, eight injured in Sao Tome and Principe violence
    19 april 2003 18:21:00
    Sao Tome- Sao Tome and Principe (PANA) -- One person was killed and eight hurt in Thursday's clashes between the Sao Tome and Principe police and artefact sellers, witnesses said Saturday. Full text...

  • Benin hosts symposium on African Diaspora next week
    19 april 2003 16:49:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Some 150 participants from Africa, America, Europe and Asia are to take part in next week's international symposium in Benin focusing on the development of Africans in the diaspora, organisers said Saturday. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief pleads for protection of Iraqi heritage
    18 april 2003 22:03:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura pleaded Thursday in Paris for the protection of Iraq's heritage, insisting this was the responsibility of the international community as a whole. Full text...

  • Bamako to host 5th photographic rally
    18 april 2003 19:48:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian capital will from 20 October to 20 November host the 5th edition of the African Photographic Rally, the Malian Culture ministry announced Friday. Full text...

  • France buys back late Emperor Bokassa's castle
    18 april 2003 18:33:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French government has paid about 260,000 Euro for one of the castles in France that belonged to the late Central African Republic (CAR) Emperor, Jean-Bedel Bokassa, official sources said in Paris Friday. Full text...

  • UMA official condemns looting of Iraqi Museums
    18 april 2003 17:26:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Habib Boulares, secretary general of the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA), has condemned as "barbaric" the looting of Iraqi Museums. Full text...

  • South African writers to receive UNESCO prize
    18 april 2003 16:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- South African writers, Jenny Robson and Chilien Antonio Skarmeta will 23 April receive the UNESCO 2003 prize for children and adolescent literatures promoting tolerance, as part of ceremonies marking World Book and Copyright Day. Full text...

  • Africans feature in 2003 UNESCO Children's Book Awards
    17 april 2003 20:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- South African writer Jenny Robson has been declared co-winner of the 2003 UNESCO Prize for Children's and Young People's Literature, an award that honours works promoting tolerance. Full text...

  • Nicholas Kotei Djanie hosts workshops in South Africa
    17 april 2003 08:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- One of Africa's most experienced and acclaimed drummers, Nicholas Kotei Djanie, on Thursday began four days of performing workshops in the Maluti Mountain Foothills in South Africa. Full text...

  • UNESCO counts losses to cultural heritage in Iraq
    15 april 2003 14:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO said it has invited some 30 experts to meet Thursday at its Paris headquarters to begin a preliminary evaluation of the state of Iraq's cultural heritage. Full text...

  • Algerian minister decries destruction of Iraq's heritage
    14 april 2003 23:09:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Algerian Communication and Culture minister Khalida Toumi has called for an end to what he said was the destruction of Iraq's heritage, strongly denouncing the pillage of that country's objects of history and culture. Full text...

  • Yaounde hosts African publishers seminar
    14 april 2003 22:58:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A seminar on the legal aspects of publishing opened Monday in Yaounde under the aegis of the African Publishers Network (APNET) and the Francophonie inter- governmental Agency (AIF). Full text...

  • Budding Kenyan Musician Loses Leg in Road Accident
    14 april 2003 18:02:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Wycliffe Omondi, a budding Kenyan musical star, lost his leg in a weekend motor accident while returning from a memorial concert for a colleague who died a month ago. Full text...

  • UNESCO demands protection of Iraqi cultural heritage
    14 april 2003 08:31:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The Director-General of UNESCO, Koichiro Matsuura, is urging US and British authorities to ensure the protection and surveillance of Iraqi cultural heritage, as well as effectively fight illicit trafficking of any cultural materials from the country. Full text...

  • Ouagadougou Jazz Festival kicks off 25 April
    13 april 2003 19:41:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The 11th edition of 'Jazz in Ouaga' Festival has been slated for 25 April to 3 May in the Burkinabe capital, the organising committee said Sunday. Full text...

  • Ismael Lo connects Reunion to Africa in music
    11 april 2003 18:54:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Visiting Senegalese singer Ismael Lo Thursday night thrilled a huge audience in Reunion in melodies that brought the island closer to the African continent. Full text...

  • Rasheed Ali to visit Africa for first time
    11 april 2003 14:06:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Despite fears among many artists to travel abroad from the US at this time, recording artist Rasheed Ali will take time out from promoting his new CD, "Thunder in the Jungle," to make his first trip to Africa. Full text...

  • Korean named UNESCO Artist for Peace
    07 april 2003 19:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- World-famous soprano, Sumi Jo of the Republic of Korea, was Monday conferred with the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace. Full text...

  • Shooting begins of film on South Africa's apartheid era
    03 april 2003 19:02:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The shooting has begun in Cape Town of a feature movie on South Africa's apartheid past and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that helped heal the country's wounds. Full text...

  • Malian lands international photography prize
    02 april 2003 22:51:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian photographer Malick Sidibe will next October receive the 2003 Hasselblad Foundation international photography prize in Gِteborg, Sweden, local press accounts indicated Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mauritania postpones nomadic music festival
    27 march 2003 20:21:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian authorities have postponed the 13-17 nomadic music festival to a later date due to the unfavourable international context, a source at the French Cultural Centre (CCF) said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Anti-war sentiment permeates Muslim play in South Africa
    27 march 2003 12:40:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Against the backdrop of demonstrations against Gulf War II, a strong anti-war sentiment permeates a new production of the play Salaam Stories, which will open at the Baxter Theatre Centre in South Africa next month. Full text...

  • North Sea Jazz Festival to spotlight young talent
    10 march 2003 17:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Organisers of the North Sea Jazz Festival billed for March ending in Cape Town say they will use the occasion to spotlight and support some of the brightest, emerging jazz talents in South Africa. Full text...

  • Journalists end film reviewing workshop in Ouagadougou
    03 march 2003 23:39:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Journalists who cover the field of culture at the weekend in Ouagadougou ended a film reviewing workshop, saying such type of training should be organised more often for them. Full text...

  • South African producer gets film rights for acclaimed novel
    03 march 2003 14:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African film producer Anant Singh has secured feature film rights to the newly published book "Echoes of Love from Heavens Above. Full text...

  • Fans plan solidarity march for Papa Wemba Monday in Libreville
    02 march 2003 19:01:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese fans of renowned DR Congo musician Papa Wemba plan a solidarity march Monday in Libreville to protest against his detention in France, organisers said Sunday. Full text...

  • African filmmakers discuss HIV/ADIS at FESPACO
    28 february 2003 20:53:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Some 150 participants attending Africa's premier film festival (FESPACO) held every two years at the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou, took time out from movie screenings and networking sessions to discuss the role of African actors in the HIV/AIDS fight. Full text...

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